3D Scan Insole Designer by INGECON
Ingecon is a Spanish software engineering company with a strong background in the development of technical and scientific applications. It has a portfolio of commercial PC-based software products, especially for renewable energies, susceptible to be migrated to a cloud-based platform. The application under the scope of CloudSME project is the “3D Scan Insole Designer” suite, used for CAD in shoe industry. It is specific software for the treatment and design of an insole from a virtual mould of the foot, leading to its robotic manufacture by milling a solid piece of material.
"3D Scan Insole Designer" is a PC software design and simulation platform used in the design of tailored insoles for foot wear used by sporty people and people with problems in their feet. It consists on a set of powerful plug-ins, add-ons and scripts developed on a CAD program to automate the design process of the tailored insole. There are automated functionalities such as the validation of the input scanned image, adjustment of the mold to the commercial shoe forms, automated calculation of the insole optimal thickness or minimization of the material to be used in the manufacturing process.
The input of the design program is a .stl file (STereoLithography) with the scanned image of the foot of the patient (preferably a 3D scan image captured using the 3D scan method developed and patented by Podoactiva). This .stl file is generated in a podiatrist office and then sent to the manufacturing company to design the tailored insole. In the manufacturer’s engineering office, the .stl file is loaded in the CAD program and then the engineer uses the plug-ins to perform automated validations and simulations during the design process. The output is a tailored insole sketch that will be used in the manufacturing process by a CAM program and then a CNC milling machine.